Chiara Fornari

Research Associate Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK Email: chiafornari@gmail.com

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Previous position at VT: Visiting PhD student, Sept. 2012-May 2013.

Current Research Interests

The main topics of my research are mathematical models of cancer growth and treatment efficacy. In particular I am studying the inter-dependencies between population and molecular levels, i.e. I am modeling dynamics between different subpopulations of tumor cells (populations-level model) and regulatory networks (genes-level models). Specifically, I am applying multi-level models to study the progression of breast cancer, a type of malignant tumor characterized by the stem-differentiation hierarchy. These models can be also used to estimate the efficacy of drug and vaccine therapies for cancer.

Education

2011-2014 Ph.D. University of Torino, Torino, Italy, Complex Systems in Medicine and Life Sciences.
Dec 2000-Mar 2009 M.S. University of Torino, Torino, Italy, Mathematics.
Sep 2003-Dec 2009 B.S. University of Torino, Torino, Italy, Mathematics.

Publications

Cordero, F., Beccuti, M., Fornari, C., Lanzardo, S., Conti, L., Cavallo, F., Balbo, G., and Calogero,R.A. (2013). Multi-level model for the investigation of oncoantigen-driven vaccination effect. BMC Bioinformatics 14 (Suppl 6):S11.
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Conference Proceedings

Fornari, C., Cordero, F., Beccuti, M., Lanzardo, S., Conti, L., Cavallo, F., Balbo, G., and Calogero, R.A. (2012). Multi-level model for the investigation of oncoantigen-driven vaccination effect. 16th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology, April 21-24, Barcelona, Spain.
Fornari, C., Cordero, F., Manini, D., Calogero, R. A., and Balbo, G. (2011). Mathematical approach to predict the drug effects on cancer stem cell models. Proceedings of the CS2Bio 2nd International Workshop on Interactions between Computer Science and Biology, Jun 9, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Cordero, F., Fornari, C., Cavallo, F., Lanzardo, S., Conti, L., Manini, D., Arigoni, M., Balbo, G., and Calogero, R.A. (2011). Cancer Stem Cell based adjuvant for oncoantingen-driven vaccination. ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology an Biomedicine (ACM-BCB 2011), Aug 1-3, Chicago, IL.

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